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electronics and aerospace transportation executive

Gerard William Elverum, American electronics and aerospace transportation executive. Named Outstanding Engineer, Institute Advancement Engineering, 1972; recipient Special Achievement award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1971.


Elverum, Gerard William was born on September 29, 1927 in Minneapolis.


Student, University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1945. Student, South Dakota State University, Brookings, 1945. Bachelor in Physics, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1949.


Engineer Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 1949-1959. Section head, manager department Space Technology Laboratory, El Segundo, 1959-1962. Director laboratory Systems Group TRW, Redondo Beach, 1963-1966, manager operations Defense and Space Systems Group, 1969-1981, vice president, general manager Applied Technology Division/Space and Technology Group, 1981-1991, retired, 1991.

Member advisory panel National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Aerospace Safety Board, Washington, 1982-1991. Member National Aeronautics and Space Administration Access to Space Panel, 1995-2001. Member space studies board, National Research Council, 1996-1999, committee Air Force Department Defense Aerospace Propulsion, 2005-2006.

Member space transportation subcommittee National Aeronautics and Space Administration advisory council, 1996-2002.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Patentee in field.


Commissioner Commission on Engineering and Technology Systems, National Research Council, 1991-1994. Served with United States Air Force, 1944-1946. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (James H. Wyld Propulsion award 1973).

Member American Defense Preparedness Association, National Academy Engineering.


Married Mary Jean Proverbs, December 28, 1948.

Mary Jean Proverbs